Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the caretaker prime minister, stated on Sunday that because the bulk of the population in the Indus Basin is dependent on the river, climate change adaptation in Pakistan is essential to climate change adaptation in the Indus Basin. He claimed that the main cause of Pakistan’s climate crisis was a water shortage that required urgent attention. Speaking at the ‘Living Indus Initiative’ event at the Pakistan Pavilion at the United Nations’ 28th Conference of Parties (COP 28), the prime minister stated that Pakistan ranks eighth globally in terms of climate change vulnerability. According to him, Living Indus is a broad project that aims to bring back the natural balance of the Indus inside Pakistan’s borders.
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The final list of constituencies for the next general elections, which will be decided by the 7th Population and Housing Census 2023, has been made public by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The Pakistani Election Commission announced that there will now be 266 general seats instead of 272, as per the announcement. Six of the twelve seats that were originally intended for FATA elsewhere have been moved to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa based on population. There will be 593 general seat constituencies in provincial assemblies around the country, according to the Election Commission, and 266 general seat constituencies in the National Assembly. The National Assembly would have 141 general seats for Punjab and 3 general seats for Islamabad based on the finalised constituencies.
Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti thinks it would not be good for the nation to call former army chief (retd) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and former director general of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) (retd) General Faiz Hameed for questioning about the 2017 Faizabad sit-in case. In an interview, he declared, “Pakistan’s interest is always to move forward.” On November 15, the federal government established a new panel to investigate the Faizabad sit-in. A notification of this commission was sent to a Supreme Court bench that was considering challenges against the court’s 2019 decision in the matter. Justice Qazi Faez Isa, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, had stated at the hearing that the commission had the authority to summon anyone for a probe and that no one would be excluded.
The election calendar is scheduled to be disclosed 54 days before February 8, according to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja. The CEC stated that all other election-related requirements were being satisfactorily fulfilled and that the updated constituency lists had been made available to the media during a brief conversation. According to him, the ECP has been taking proactive measures to complete election-related tasks ahead of time. Election schedules, returning officers (ROs), and district returning officers (DROs) shall all be appointed on time and at the right time. In the meantime, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected the claim made by Dr. Babar Awan Advocate regarding a reduction in the number of National Assembly seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, considering it to be a fruitless attempt to cause confusion among the electorate.
As the NAB issues arrest warrants in the 190 million pound scam, the PTI chairman is facing more challenges. The PTI chairman, Shahzad Akbar, Ziaul Mustafa, Farhat Shahzadi, and Syed Zulfikar Bukhari are all named on the warrants. The Punjab police have been instructed by the chairman of the NAB to produce all of the accused who are being charged with corruption and abuse of authority. The Punjabi government was also instructed by the NAB to make sure the arrest warrants were followed. In the 190 million pound case, the PTI chairman had earlier on Thursday filed a petition for post-arrest release. The NAB chairman and director general have been made parties to the accountability court where the PTI chairman submitted the bail application through the legal representation of Latif Khosa, Intizar Panjutha, and Ali Ijaz.
Justice Ayesha A. Malik of the Supreme Court said on Friday that Pakistan was obligated to abide by the UN conventions safeguarding the rights of refugees. She made these comments when the decision to expel unlawful Afghan nationals by the caretaker administration was being challenged in a plea for restraining orders before the three-member bench of the supreme court. Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Sardar Tariq Masood are also on the bench. The majority of the unlawful foreign nationals being deported are Afghans, and the government launched a statewide drive to deport them in November. The judgement had drawn condemnation from Afghanistan as well as a number of other places, but the guardians remained steadfast in their belief that no one ethnic group was the target of the action.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports that 109 individuals have died as a result of Israeli attacks since the ceasefire’s expiration. Moreover, hundreds of individuals have suffered injuries. As Israel recommenced its military campaign on Friday, aid was left stalled close to Egypt’s border with Gaza. Truck drivers predicted more delays to the convoluted delivery procedure, which had accelerated during a week-long ceasefire. Since seven in the morning, there has been bombardment. Driver Saleh Ebada, who had already been waiting eight days to approach the bridge for inspection when fighting resumed, stated, “There are planes and artillery and we haven’t moved.” According to Egyptian security sources, fuel and relief vehicles were no longer coming into Egypt.
Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the acting prime minister, emphasised on Thursday the urgency of operationalizing the Loss & Damage Fund right away and making sure it is used appropriately to address climate change-related challenges. According to him, additional, concrete financing is what the Fund should be used for, not development funds or loans from multilateral financial institutions. During the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP28, the prime minister spoke with CNN about Pakistan’s current focus, which is to transition from coal-based power plants to renewable energy projects in order to minimise the effects of climate change in the region and beyond.
In order to carve out a place for themselves in the cutthroat global economy, President Dr. Arif Alvi advised the nation’s traders and businesspeople to rigorously uphold the values of honesty and justice on Thursday. Speaking at the Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industries (ICSTSI) accomplishment award ceremony, the president stated that it was challenging to run a successful business if clients did not believe in a brand or thought it was dishonest. According to President Alvi, companies who don’t establish a reputation for ethics in a cutthroat market quickly go out of business. He advised the traders gathered here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, “Sell your products with fairness by maintaining the same standards which you show to your target audience while marketing.”
The Interior Minister told the Senate on Thursday that there has been a significant decrease in the smuggling of fertiliser into Afghanistan. 99 percent of smuggling, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, has been prevented. “Where is all the fertiliser going?” he asked. “We are facing significant challenges in obtaining fertiliser from Punjab and are unable to obtain it,” Bugti continued. According to Senator Sania Nishtar, “Influential people always get benefit while the poor suffer.” Senator Nishtar declared, “Let market access to the wheat and fertiliser, and all problem will be solved.” She gave advice to “ensure strict arrangements at borders and conduct a crackdown on hoarders.” The Ministry of Food Security informed the house that petrol subsidies are being given to the fertiliser industry. According to Sania Nishtar, “smuggling of sugar, wheat, and fertiliser has been a governance failure.”
According to Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Pakistan has conveyed its gratitude to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for their significant contributions to the country’s economic growth, which have given it a much-needed boost during difficult times. Speaking with both domestic and foreign media, he said that Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves would be greatly bolstered by the $3 billion that Saudi Arabia, a longstanding ally, had extended for an additional year. This move further solidified Pakistan’s economic base in the face of global unpredictability. According to Ashrafi, the UAE has entered into ground-breaking multibillion dollar agreements in a variety of industries after realising their mutual economic interests.
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